Criminal Justice Career

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Criminal Justice

Credits required 61/62

Dean 

Kathleen Pearle, kathleen.pearle@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Dana Mayhew, Coordinator and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, dana.mayhew@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: CJ

Program Goals Statement

This program provides students with a strong foundation in the operation of our Criminal Justice System.  Students earning this degree will immediately be ready for a variety of careers within our system of justice as law enforcement officers, court officers, court advocates, or child protective investigators.  Students will receive a diverse interdisciplinary education that will allow them to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice.  Articulation agreements ensure transfer to many four-year private colleges and universities.

Student Learning Outcomes

See Learning Outcomes

Program Information

  • All courses in the Criminal Justice Program may be completed at the Fall River, New Bedford, or Attleboro campuses, and many are also offered at the Taunton Center.
  • Faculty members represent all of the major fields in the Criminal Justice System and students benefit from their years of formal study and professional experience.
  • Academic and transfer advisors assist students in selecting courses to fulfill both program and general education requirements to ensure a smooth transfer to four-year colleges and universities if a baccalaureate degree is pursued.

After BCC

  • Graduates ware qualified to seek immediate employment as state and local police officers, corrections officers, private security agents, court advocates, and juvenile residence counselors.
  • Students are also prepared to continue their education and complete a baccalaureate program in Criminal Justice. 
  • Graduate have successfully transferred to Bridgewater State University, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Northeastern University, Johnson and Wales University, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University.

Infused General Education Competencies

Technical Literacy

Degree Requirements

General Education courses

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

GVT 251State and Local Government

3 credits

Science Elective

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:19-23

Choose one two-course History sequence

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

And

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

Or

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

And

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Choose one

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Program Electives - Choose three

CRJ 115Report Writing and Information Systems

3 credits

CRJ 221Juvenile Offenders

3 credits

CRJ 256Criminal Investigation

3 credits

SOC 256Race Relations

3 credits

CED 210Cooperative Work Experience

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Program Courses

CRJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

CRJ 113Criminal Law

3 credits

CRJ 219Police and Society

3 credits

CRJ 245Corrections

3 credits

CRJ 251Criminology

3 credits

CRJ 258Criminal Procedure

3 credits

CRJ 259Introduction to Criminalistics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:21

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

CRJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

CRJ 113Criminal Law

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

Or

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

CRJ 245Corrections

3 credits

Program Elective

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Or

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Or

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

CRJ 219Police and Society

3 credits

CRJ 251Criminology

3 credits

CRJ 258Criminal Procedure

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

Science Elective

3-4 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Program Elective

3 credits

Program Elective

3 credits

CRJ 259Introduction to Criminalistics

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

GVT 251State and Local Government

3 credits

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